Food!

  1. I just turned off the Food Network. I'm supposed to be studying (yeah right). I'm in the mood to talk food. Everyone, what is your cooking speciality. What is your signature dish? Do you use recipes, or are you constantly experimenting like I do. Who are your cooking influences?
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  3. by   BadBird
    I love to bake, especially in the fall and winter when it is cool. I love the home made cook books that different churchs sell, some have great grandma type recipies. Sometimes I use recepies and other times just cook what I have and hope it comes out ok.(it usually does) I don't have a signature dish I cook everyday and with teenagers they just inhale the food anyway. Tonight is stuffed pork chops, fried cabbage and red skin taters. YUM
  4. by   JailRN
    I'm packing to visit Badbird tonight. (sigh)

    We're having baked ziti. I use the recipies handed down over the generations from Italian-Polish grandpmothers along with hubby's German-Irish family stuff as well as some of Emeril's recipies. Mostly comfort foods, but the big thing in our house is either homemade pizza, homemade pasta, lasagna, with sunday gravy (spagettti sauce) that cooks for 10 hours. Deserts are fun, cheesecake that takes 2 hrs to do, and for company the fancy little foo-foo things that look great at presentation.

    Christmas time we do the 12 different cookies made in GREAT quantity, for all the freinds and relatives, and the cheese blintzes, hundreds of them, for the breakfast parties we host.

    Picture this, 20 bikers in leathers sitting around my dinning room table with china, crystal, linen tablecloth and napkins, for breakfast. (our neighbors just love us)
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by JailRN
    Picture this, 20 bikers in leathers sitting around my dinning room table with china, crystal, linen tablecloth and napkins, for breakfast. (our neighbors just love us)
    Can I come too?

    I don't really have anything I'd consider a specialty. My hubby loves my lasagne, he can actually tell me how long it's been since I've made it. I absolutley love my spaghetti too. I make it at least once a week. I'm a spaghetti freak! Gawd I could go for some right now!

    And hey, who could forget... I make a mean turkey!

    Heather
  6. by   Lausana
    I make lots of good pasta dishes, baked cavatini is our favorite right now, also a pretty good beef stroganoff.

    My dad's side of the family just put together a cookbook for our reunion this year & we all submitted recipies, I'm looking forward to trying some of those & maybe learning some of the special recipies in there from our Granny and her sisters! So maybe I'll have a specialty someday
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    I love to make fresh breads (I should have added the breadmaker to the NOT used appliances).
    I make some killer enchiladas with hot New Mexican chile
    Eggplant parmesan
    rotisserie chicken or rabbit on the bbq
    grouse, quail also on the bbq
    There are other things but I can't think of them right now.
    -Russell
    ps: Kids are learning all my secrets. Wife cooks on weekends I do the Mon.-Fri. cooking on account I get home first.
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Lausana
    My dad's side of the family just put together a cookbook for our reunion this year & we all submitted recipies, I'm looking forward to trying some of those & maybe learning some of the special recipies in there from our Granny and her sisters! So maybe I'll have a specialty someday
    That's an awesome idea Leslie! How cool to have something like that! I'm thinking I have an idea for cool Christmas presents! I could have them bound nicely and everything! Too cool! Thanks for sharing that!

    Heather
  9. by   rebelwaclause
    Heather, Lausana....(Don't laugh...I ain't kidding!)...Do you use basil in your red sauce pasta dishes?
  10. by   KaraLea
    I am known for baking cakes, cookies, and brownies. I do a pretty good spagetti too.
  11. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by rebelwaclause
    Heather, Lausana....(Don't laugh...I ain't kidding!)...Do you use basil in your red sauce pasta dishes?
    :imbar Geesh Rebel, you're making me sound like a real cook :chuckle I bet the basil would be good though...better let the cooks Heather or Barbara (yeti) fill us in

    Yeah, where is Yeti, she's Italian & a cook...<tapping foot impatiently>
  12. by   nursedawn67
    I used to be known for baking, but since I work full time and nights I haven't done it like I used to.
  13. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER


    That's an awesome idea Leslie! How cool to have something like that! I'm thinking I have an idea for cool Christmas presents! I could have them bound nicely and everything! Too cool! Thanks for sharing that!

    Heather
    Glad you liked it They turned out neat, bound with a cover with a picture of Granny & Grandpa (my greats) who started it all (all 70+ of us )
  14. by   RNinICU
    When all my kids were at home, I cooked anything and everything. Raising five boys and one girl, I had to. I always loved to make soups and stews, especially in the fall and winter. My vegetable beef soup actually won first prize at a local soup cook-off. People usually ask for my home made baked beans when we have a pot luck, but I don't make them too often any more since it's a two day project and I don't always have the time. For the last few years, I have done very little cooking though. Since hubby is not working, he does most of the cooking(shopping, housework, and laundry, too. I am so lucky).

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